Wondering how to make phone calls and access to the Internet in Romania? Find some tips in this article.
On your arrival in Romania, telecommunications will definitely be one of your priorities. In fact, you probably will not miss getting in touch with your family, relatives and friends back home. Therefore, you will need a phone, and why not an Internet connection so as to go online as soon as possible. This should be quite easy as most accommodations in Romania are already equipped with a land line and an Internet connection. If you are making a short stay in the country, you can also use your hotel's or holiday rental's phone.
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In all cases, telecommunication technologies, whether in terms of land line or mobile phones, internet and 3G and 4G technologies, are easily accessible by everyone in Romania. In fact, despite being modern, the local telecommunications market is undergoing continuous evolution.
As mentioned previously, most accommodations already have a land line and Internet connection. Note, nevertheless, that Romtelecom is the country's national telephone service provider. Over the years, other service providers such as Vodafone, Orange and RDS also strengthened their position on the local telecommunications market. These offer very attractive combined land line and mobile phone packages.
In case your accommodation is not yet connected to the network, you can apply for a land line by following rather simple procedures. You can call the nearest office of your favorite service provider with the following documents:
- your identity card and passport
- proof of residence
- your lease contract if you are renting your accommodation.
Note, however, that formalities and installation fees generally differ from one service provider to another. For instance, you could pay between 33 and 57 lei, according to the options you have chosen, for a land line with Romtelecom. As regards the waiting period, it can vary between two days and two weeks, depending on the region where you live.
Finally, phone bills are issued on a monthly basis and are to be settled in post offices.
Among the mobile phone service providers in Romania, you have Vodafone, Orange, Cosmote and Zapp, etc. To purchase a local sim card, you can simply drop in one of your favorite service providers' stores with your identity documents. Most mobile phone users prefer prepaid packages. Those who tend to get connected more often can choose from other types of packages. Indeed, 3G and 4G technologies are becoming more and more popular in the country.
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In general, Romanian sim cards are compatible with mobile phones that come from abroad. However, unblocking your mobile phone might be necessary in some cases. You can request for this service in mobile phone shops.
Just like land line and mobile phone service providers, Romania also hosts several Internet service providers besides Romtelecom, Orange and Vodafone. These offer various types of packages, some of which include cable TV and land line subscription. Hence, prices vary from one service provider to another and according to the type of package chosen.
As most of these service providers' websites are in Romanian, it is best to drop by one of their outlets in person to inquire about their services and rates.
Wi-fi and internet cafes
Until you obtain your own land line and Internet connection, you can still access to the Internet in hotels, restaurants, etc., either via Wi-Fi or via cable. You can also find several Internet cafes in most major cities, namely Bucharest, Sibiu, etc.